Sassoon Disinherited Son He Adopted and His 3 Former Wives

Image: Sassoon Disinherited Son He Adopted and His 3 Former Wives Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon in 2011.

Monday, 25 Mar 2013 09:21 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Legendary British hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, who died last year, reportedly disinherited his adopted American son David entirely from his final will. Sassoon's three former wives didn't fare any better.

Sassoon, the multi-millionaire whose signature haircuts made him a household name on both sides of the Atlantic, died last May of leukemia at age 84, but apparently never healed a rift with his adopted son. Now, the Daily Mail has learned that the iconic hairdresser left not a cent of his $150 million empire to his son.

"My son David Sassoon and his issue are hereby disinherited and shall take nothing under this will, and for the purposes of the will, shall be deemed to have predeceased me, leaving no surviving issue," Sassoon's will reads.

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In his 2010 autobiography, Sassoon reflected on his relationship with David, whom he adopted in 1975 at the age of three.

"He was a robust, bright little boy with twinkling eyes and an irresistible smile, and I'll never forget him looking up at us and saying, 'Are you going to be my new mom and dad?'" Sassoon wrote. "He was also quite mischievous. At a fashion party David stood by a window on the second floor and peed out, just missing [chat show host legend] Johnny Carson’s head."

The two had a falling out sometime later, and Sassoon said in the book that they had not seen each other for the last 18 months.

"There's a certain point in my character where if I feel a situation is hopeless — walk away," Sassoon wrote. "Don't torment yourself constantly. I walked away."

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Sassoon's will was drawn up two months before his passing and released in the UK. His former wives Elaine Nations, Beverly Sassoon, and Jeanette Sassoon were also instructed to "take nothing" from the will.

Sassoon had two other surviving children, Elan and Eden. A third child, Catya, died of a drug overdose in 2002, according to the Mail.


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